Tyne & Wear

Homes evacuated over hand grenade

Part of a Northumberland town was cordoned off after a live grenade was discovered.

On Thursday morning, police received a report that a suspected World War II device had been washed up on the beach at Newbiggin and been taken to an address in the East Lea area.

A number of people were evacuated from homes and the scene was cordoned off.

Army bomb disposal experts confirmed it was a WWII grenade and carried out a controlled explosion on the beach.

Roads were reopened and people allowed back to their homes after the explosion was carried out.

Northumbria Police are urging people to be cautious if they find unusual devices.

They warned people not to touch or handle anything which looked like a grenade, to move away from it and call police.

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